Two U.S. Olympic swimmers who say they were with Ryan Lochte when they were robbed in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, were removed from a plane at Rio’s airport by authorities Wednesday, Lochte’s attorney said. Jeff Ostrow, a lawyer representing Lotche, said swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were taken off the plane late Wednesday.
“We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities,” U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said. “We are gathering further information.” Ostrow said Conger and Bentz had not been specifically named by a Brazilian judge who had wanted Lochte and fellow U.S. swimmer Jimmy Feigen passports seized, but now they are in limbo.
Feigen is still in Brazil, Ostrow said. Sources at the airport told NBC News Feigen checked in for a flight online but never showed up. His passport would have been confiscated, according to the judge’s order. Brazilian judge Keyla Blanc De Cnop earlier on Wednesday had ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil as authorities investigated their account of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio early Sunday by assailants dressed as police officers.
The judge said Lochte and Feigen gave contradictory accounts of the robbery, according to the court’s statement. Lochte told the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer in a telephone interview Wednesday that he returned from Rio Wednesday, and no one told him he should stay in Brazil. Lochte said he told authorities he was reachable and would cooperate.